April 11th, 2020, was a day full of adventure. In my last blog, I talked about the sacred waterfall I found cascading over the side of Mt. Ida; along with the important steps of walking upon sacred ground. On the same day, we visited the Balancing Rock, a Shuswap legend, nestled near Pillar Lake, in Falkland.
I have heard stories about balancing rock in the past, and I didn't believe the legend until I visited last month. I would like to acknowledge that I only got to visit these beautiful places learning these stories because of the Secwepemc peoples. I am very grateful to be able to visit these grounds because I feel so disconnected from my own Indigenous culture. Here, I am welcomed to learn about Secwepemc heritage, morals, and lessons.
After leaving the sacred waterfall, Sam and I hopped in my car down the Silver Creek roads for a windy canyon run. The old highway to Falkland is spacious, with a high-speed limit with few drivers. Mountains bare and covered in trees surround you, with Monty lake glistening to your left. Driving out there makes me wish I was an eagle, I believe I’d love flying over grounds so scenic they could be used for the most nostalgic Disney's Cars scene.
I wasn’t able to find a link to a credible source for the Indigenous legend of Balancing Rock and I would like to honour the traditional story. To help all understand, the essence of the story: The Water Spirit of Pillar Lake fell in love with the Chief's daughter, she would sing and paddle her canoe across the lake every day. She was a beloved member of the band neighbouring the lake, and he asked her to marry him. She said yes. To show the Chief and their people that she would always be happy, the Water Spirit placed Balancing rock atop the pillar. And to this day it still stands representing their eternal love.
To keep beautiful relics like Balancing Rock around and strong we can work hard to find alternative ways to travel such as: carpooling, biking, walking and using public transit. Doing this reduces emissions in our atmosphere, allowing our rain to have a higher pH; meaning it is less acidic and will protect our statues, roads, and Balancing Rock. We can also be conscious of where our products come from, avoiding items that use large amounts of fossil fuels and coal.
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